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Monday, March 14, 2005

Tax Exempt and Growing, Churches Worry Pr. George's

(Updated 1 Jan 2005)

"Tax Exempt and Growing, Churches Worry Pr. George's"
Post, 14 Mar 2005 (by Sudarsan Raghavan and Hamil R. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writers)

  • "We don't oppose churches," County Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) said. "The concern we have is that sometimes churches eat up a lot of land that could be used for other things."

  • "We're losing tax money and retail," council member Camille Exum (D-Seat Pleasant) said. "And increasingly, [churches] are requiring more space."

  • "None of us are against God," Exum said.

  • "What I hear from residents is that they don't feel like these churches are being an asset to the community," said council member David Harrington (D-Cheverly), who represents Mitchellville.
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